About Me

Anna is a highly experienced & qualified special educational needs educator, mentor & ADHD coach of 17 years specialising in children, teenagers & adults with moderate learning and behaviour difficulties including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), ADD (attention deficit disorder), global developmental delay, echolalia, defiant oppositional disorder as well as specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia.

She has a Master in Psychology with British Psychological Society Accreditation and Specialism in Education & Counselling as well as Executive Function Coaching Accreditation specialising in both neurotypical and non neurotypical children, adolescents and adults.
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Specialist Experience and Skills

Anna specialises in: ADHD, Autism and Dyslexia and has extensive experience in:

- Building Students' Metacognition / Reflection via Fun Activities and Adventures which directly link to their Executive Function Skills;

- Improving Students' Revision Techniques (ex. Flash Cards apps, Structuring Essays, Breaking Down Big Projects into Smaller Chunks within Timelines, etc.);

- Building children's, teenagers' and adults' Social Communication Skills via building awareness on:
Body Language: Eye Contact, Facial Expression, Gesture, Distance, Touch, Fidgeting, Posture, Personal... Read More
Anna specialises in: ADHD, Autism and Dyslexia and has extensive experience in:

- Building Students' Metacognition / Reflection via Fun Activities and Adventures which directly link to their Executive Function Skills;

- Improving Students' Revision Techniques (ex. Flash Cards apps, Structuring Essays, Breaking Down Big Projects into Smaller Chunks within Timelines, etc.);

- Building children's, teenagers' and adults' Social Communication Skills via building awareness on:
Body Language: Eye Contact, Facial Expression, Gesture, Distance, Touch, Fidgeting, Posture, Personal Appearance
The Way We Talk: Volume, Rate, Clarity, Intonation, Fluency
Conversations: Listening, Starting A Conversation, Taking Turns, Asking Questions, Answering Questions, Being Relevant, Repairing, Ending A Conversation
Assertiveness: Expressing Feelings, Standing Up For Yourself, Making Suggestions. Refusing, Disagreeing, Complaining, Apologising, Requesting Explanations;

- Boosting English (Receptive and Expressive Language);

- Guided Reading

- Optimising Working Environment away from distractions;

- Liaising with School Professionals and Family;

- Using Behaviour & Self Regulation Strategies;

- Using PECS, ALS Boards & Makaton for Communication & increasing confidence;

- Implementing the Gina Davies Attention Autism Approach for building attention, expressive & receptive language & independence;

- Using Play Lego / Food Therapy for following instructions, turn taking & consolidating curriculum learning;

- Bespoke Executive Function Coaching for Children, Adolescents and Adults.

She can provide:

-Social Skills Strategies;

-Individualised Phonics, Reading & Writing Plan;

-Appropriate Scaffolding when needed ex. verbal, visual, physical, gestural prompting if appropriate;

- Task Initiation & Time Management Strategies;

- Planning, Prioritisation & Organisation Strategies;

- Working Memory Strategies (ex. Working Memory Games, Visual Checklists & Reminders);

- Bespoke Social Communication Skills Programmes for Children, Adolescents and Adults

- Visual Timetables for Routine, Structure & Independence;

- Rest Breaks into Activities & allowing Time for Physical Exercise in between Coaching or Learning;

- Allowing extra Time to Finish Tasks;

- Fidgety Sensory Toys for Emotional Regulation if needed;

- Personalised Social Stories for reduced social anxiety;

- Calm & Relaxation Techniques;

- Zones of Emotional Regulation & Tools;

- Behaviour Support Plans;

- Risk Assessments for Outings.

My Teaching Philosophy

I believe that intrinsic motivation is central for long lasting impact and I always aim at surrounding the learning with the pupils' interests, not as a reward but actual learning.

I believe that teaching can be teacher led, pupil led & I am a huge advocate of cross curriculum experiential learning via discovery & by enhancing students’ academic & functional skills through generalisation in the real world.

I also love using scaffolding techniques as they can easily build up the young people's confidence when they achieve their SMART targets with small step-by-step guidance.

Something Sensational About Me

I have studied education, psychology, leadership and executive function coaching and I love bringing all of this knowledge into my practice in a developmentally appropriate and fun way.

In my capacity as a psychologist and executive function coach I help neurotypical and non-neurotypical people go from where they are to where they want to be. I focus on enhancing executive functions, such as response inhibition, emotional control, planning, prioritisation, organisation, time management, task initiation, goal directed persistence, metacognition, cognitive flexibility. These are the challenges young people with specific, moderate and severe special needs face and research shows that when you target these, learning and behaviour can be long lasting.

In the Executive Function Adventures Programme for children under 9 years old I received 8 referrals from my first two clients!

I was born and raised in Athens, Greece, but have studied, worked & lived in London for the last 10 years.

I love travelling, experiencing foreign cultures & food!

I love art, photography and dance! I dance Latin & Tango Argentino at professional level.

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Availability

  • Monday 12:00 - 14:00
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 14:00
  • Thursday 13:00 - 16:00
  • Friday 09:00 - 14:00
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 14:00

Qualifications and Training

2019: Executive Mind Coaching Accreditation by Connections in Mind (Outstanding)

2010- 2012: MEd in Psychology of Education (British Psychological Society Accreditation) at the University of Bristol (Upper Hons 2: 1)

- Brain, Mind & Education
- Cognition & Learning
- Statistics
- Research Methods
- Social Psychology
- Counselling Young People and Families
- Practical Counselling Skills
- Developmental Psychology
- Individual Differences
- British Psychological Society (BPS)... Read More
2019: Executive Mind Coaching Accreditation by Connections in Mind (Outstanding)

2010- 2012: MEd in Psychology of Education (British Psychological Society Accreditation) at the University of Bristol (Upper Hons 2: 1)

- Brain, Mind & Education
- Cognition & Learning
- Statistics
- Research Methods
- Social Psychology
- Counselling Young People and Families
- Practical Counselling Skills
- Developmental Psychology
- Individual Differences
- British Psychological Society (BPS) Examination
- Dissertation (Qualitative Study) awarded with Distinction: ‘A Small Scale Empirical Study Exploring Counsellors’ Perceptions of Client Monitoring and Feedback (CMF)’

Seminars / Conferences Attended / Certifications Acquired

- Early Leadership (UCL)
- Sleuth: Behaviour Tracking System (Strathmore School)Functional Analysis: Behaviour Analysis System (Strathmore School)
- Phonics: Letters And Sounds (Ickburgh School)
- Prerequisites to Learning & Individual Preparation to Learn: Passive Touch, Intentional Touch, Active Touch, Dynamic Touch, Upper Body Mobilization & Upper Limb Desensitisation (Ickburgh School)
- Choose It Maker It (Ickburgh School)
- Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS & InPrint Widgit Software) (Marjory Kinnon School)
- Earwig (Marjory Kinnon School)
- SPELL Framework (Marjory Kinnon School)
- B-Squared Training (Marjory Kinnon School)
- EduCare NSPCC Programme: Certificate in Preventing Bullying Behaviour
- Educare Certificate: An Introduction to Equality & Diversity
- EduCare NSPCC Programme: Child Protection Awareness in Education
- Epipen Training (Marjory Kinnon School)
- Buccal Training (Marjory Kinnon School)
- Clicker 6 (Marjory Kinnon School)
- Coaching Academy: Life Coaching Certificate
- Two Day Workshop: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
- Team-Teach Foundation (Basic): Training Programme in Positive Handling Strategies within a Holistic Framework
- 30th Anniversary TESOL Greece Convention
- TESOL Greece Event: Start of 2008 Event
- 16th Annual Convention of TESOL Macedonia-Thrace, Northern Greece: Deconstructing And Reconstructing The Teacher
- 20 Days CPD in Didactics in English Language (Mponias Institute)
- 7 Days CPD in General Didactics (Mponias Institute)
- 30 Days CPD in Children’s And Teenagers’ Psychology (Mponias Institute)
- 30 Days CPD in Awareness of English Language (Mponias Institute)
- 2007 TESOL Greece Event: Making The Most Of Your Coursebook
- 2006 TESOL Greece Event: Using Literature And Theatre To Teach English
- 2006 Cambridge ESOL Seminar Day: FCE Reading
- 2006 Cambridge ESOL Seminar Day: YLE Speaking
- 27th Annual TESOL Greece Convention
- 2006 Cambridge ESOL Seminar Day: PET Reading & Writing
- 5th Hellenic Convention organised by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with worldwide attendance: Teaching And Learning In The Society Of Knowledge
- Cambridge ESOL Seminar Day: KET- PET Speaking, Writing, Reading, Listening

Choose me if…

  • Your child needs a Bespoke Social Communication Skills Programme
  • Your child needs a Bespoke Executive Function Coaching Programme
  • Your child needs a bespoke English Plan (Phonics, Reading, Writing, Comprehension, Listening, Speaking)
  • Your child needs Self Regulation, Self Management, Emotional Control, Building Self Esteem and Confidence Strategies
  • Your child needs a Growth Mindset and Fun Approach to Learning!

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Dimitrios

Anna has coached me and helped me upgrade my existing revision skills. I did very well in my English Exams!

Paul Blake

Anna worked with our 17 year old son while we were in London for several weeks this summer. We found her to be dedicated, calm, caring, knowledgeable and effective in her work. She was able to deal with behaviour issues and our son enjoyed working with her very much. I wouldn’t hesitate to use her services again and I would recommend her to anyone wanting tutoring for their special needs child.

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